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Ruminations on Worry: Issues Related to the Study of an Elusive Construct


Davis, M and Montgomery, IM, Ruminations on Worry: Issues Related to the Study of an Elusive Construct, Behaviour Change, 14, (4) pp. 193-199. ISSN 0813-4839 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0813483900003302


This review outlines the main theoretical and methodological issues relating to worry. The relationship of worry to anxiety and problem solving is discussed. Three models of worry are described: attention bias (Mathews, 1990), fear avoidance (Borkovec, Shadick, and Hopkins, 1991), and Tallis and Eysenck's (1994) stage model. Worry's proposed role in inhibiting emotional processing is discussed, and unresolved methodological and theoretical issues are considered. It is concluded that worry is elusive and difficult to study but greater understanding of worry is necessary.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Davis, M (Dr Maryanne Davis)
UTAS Author:Montgomery, IM (Dr Iain Montgomery)
ID Code:11245
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-12

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